Tuesday 10 February 2015

Eurovision Invites Australia!

Already this year's 60th anniversary celebration of European peace and love - Eurovision - has pulled off a cunning and super smart move. It has invited Australia to participate.

I know, I know, normally accidents of geography would ordinarily preclude the Aussies from entering. Then again, who in 1955 could have thought the contest would eventually end up being won by a bearded lady?

As far as I'm concerned, this is a master stroke. And as everyone knows, All That Is Solid ... is the only leftwing pro-Eurovision blog there is, so of course I'm going to endorse this move. Eurovision's audience in Australia is larger than many European countries. Depending on who you take as good coin, between 2.7m and 2.9m viewers down under tuned in to watch Conchita Wurst steal hearts and votes of the Eurovision-voting public. And lest we forget that there was a lovely little skit about Australia dragging itself across the globe and planting itself on Europe just so it can enter.

This is brilliant fan service, brilliant, brilliant, brilliant. However, it's pretty clear that it's going to be an anniversary one-off (well, until the 70th, the 80th, the 90th, etc.). The only problem - what happens if Australia wins?


Phil Dore said...

And as everyone knows, All That Is Solid ... is the only leftwing pro-Eurovision blog there is



Personally I'm all in favour of it. Go Aussies!

Gary Elsby said...

Let's not forget that other European member, Israel.
Being the only pro Eurovision left-wing Blair loving blog, I take my hat off to you.

Phil said...

You've been doing so well lately, Gary. Then you had to go and spoil it.

I'm afraid you only show your ignorance. Eurovision is open to countries that are active members of the European Broadcasting Union. Their condition of membership lies in being a territory within the European Broadcast Area. Which is why Israel is a participant. Theoretically most North African and Middle Eastern states are eligible to join and partipate.

Gary Elsby said...

The free movement of British broadcasting hath no boundaries.
I've often wondered how they did it and now I know.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

"Which is why Israel is a participant. "

yes absolutely no politics behind this at all. Simply a technicality.

Does this mean the canrival of crap will go on for even longer?

Gary Elsby said...

I look forward to hearing this year's contributions from Hezbollah and Hamas with the contributions of Shia and Sunni militia sure to be up there in the final two.
Smart money is on ISIS this year though.

Phil Dore said...

Any country which is a European Broadcasting Union member can participate, which technically means Tunisia, Egypt and Jordan could enter. Morocco was in the contest in 1980. Lebanon tried to enter in 2005, but was disqualified for refusing to broadcast the Israeli entry.

Gary Elsby said...

Did Israel then shell a UN camp in protest?

Speedy said...

Bizarre. Bloody Israel - still, it will take the Jews a long time to kill as many Arabs and Afghans as the UK and US managed in the past decade, or the Russians Chechens for that matter, then there are the Serbs and Croats, etc etc.

I don't mind Israel being criticised (as it should be), singling it out however always strikes me as either stupid or suspect.

Vinyl Miner said...

Amazin all the people mentioned above and noting about the original australian people, The Ausies first act.